Jermain Defoe has welcomed the addition of Dame N’Doye to the Sunderland squad, insisting he can bring a new dimension to the Black Cats’ attack.
Defoe has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season as Sunderland once again find themselves battling against relegation from the Premier League.
He believes, though, that N’Doye, who joined on loan from Turkish club Trabzonspor last week after previously impressing in England with Hull last season, can help him fire Sunderland to safety.
“It’s nice to see another forward come in,” he told the club’s official website.
“I trained with him and you can see straight away that he’s strong. I’ve seen a little bit of him before to be honest, and he’s a good player.
“I think he’s someone that will help the team and provide a presence up front. He will score goals, and it’s good to have someone like that here.
“He gives the manager a different option and I’m sure he’s looking forward to the challenge.
“It’ll be nice if he gets off to a good start, but he’s joined a good team and a good bunch of lads – the team spirit here is brilliant.
“He’s come into a good dressing room and I’m sure he’ll enjoy it here.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland defender Jan Kirchoff, who endured a miserable debut in the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday, was among the goalscorers as a Black Cats XI beat a Sheffield United side in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.
The German scored the opener for Sunderland in a 2-0 win, with first-teamers DeAndre Yedlin, Adam Matthews and Steven Fletcher also getting run-outs.